Chapter-a-Day Nehemiah 3

The Dude abides. Above the Horse Gate the priests worked, each priest repairing the wall in front of his own house. Nehemiah 3:28 (MSG)

I was watching the beginning of the movie, The Big Lebowski, the other day (one of my favorites, I must confess). In the prologue, the gruff and resonant voice of Sam Elliot tells us:

Now this story I’m about to unfold took place back in the early nineties—just about the time of our conflict with Sad’m and the Eye-rackies. I only mention it ’cause sometimes there’s a man—I won’t say a hero, ’cause what’s a hero? But sometimes there’s a man. And I’m talkin’ about the Dude here—sometimes there’s a man who, wal, he’s the man for his time and place, he fits right in there—and that’s the Dude, in Los Angeles.

The story of Nehemiah is the ancient story of how the ruined walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt. As I read through the third chapter it struck me that the people who rebuilt the wall had been living in Jerusalem all along. Nehemiah didn't bring an army of contractors and brick layers with him from exile in Persia. The labor was available. What they didn't have was a leader. What they needed was a man for his time and place to rally the people, confront the opposition and lead the charge. Nehemiah was the Dude, in Jerusalem, in 413 B.C.

Where is my place? What is my time? How has God strategically placed me to influence the world, the people, the culture around me?

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Flickr and Sleeper Cell

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Nehemiah 3”

  1. Westview has struggled as of late. We have a large need to pull together as a community and reclaim our church as our own. We need families to stand beside each other and work….hard….to bring our community back to a healthy state. It can be done. It requires people to stay, dig in and work together. It worked in today’s passage, it will work now too.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.